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Sep 11, 2012 1:30pm PDT
vietcommissioner vietor: commissioner courtney: ed harrington: donna hood: donna hood: (music still playing). sf government tv. san francisco television. meeting about to start good afternoon., commissioner vietor:.or dor here. commissioner courtney: here. >> commission caen is expected to the shortly. >> minutes of the august 28 meeting. motions? iy seconded. all in favor all in favor, eye. this is the time for public comment es. do we have public comments? yes, sir, >> my name is ryan thomas i work with the sf puc [?]. >> are ehere for ed's item, that's on the agenda, so, please hold off until then. any other public comments not on the agenda today? okay, thank you. communications? we have several vip reports before us. i think, any questions or comments from the dmition? okay, any public comment on the communications? okay, thank you. other commission business? >> i did want to inquire about the joint pc environment commission meeting and if we're moving forward with that. i have another inquiry about that. if they want to talk about that or make time to talk about that? >> i didn't h
Sep 11, 2012 11:00pm PDT
contract and we have agreed on a salary, which is the same as that that mr. harrington is being paid. and it's probably the shortest, simplest, easiest to understand extract that i have seen for any purpose. any comments or questions from the commission? >> yes, you said 5 year? >> yes. >> it says 2015 here. 3 years. >> it should not. that's an error. >> so, i don't know if i have the final version: >> i wasn't involved in the contract negotiations, but, i presume the 5 years relate to the provietions in section 5 that provides for an extension to 2017 after certain intervening events. but, because i wasn't involved, i'm assuming harlan and beth [inaudible]. reviewed and understood that. >> that is not what we agreed to. we agreed to a 5 year term with a 2 year opener, which gives us the option of making adjustments depending on the n aa contract. >> the only thing about that, if you read section 5 where it says if, by september 22015,... (reading). such and such, so, that language doesn't make any sense if this is not a reappointment. >> no, this is very wrong. [laughter] do
Sep 22, 2012 9:00am PDT
additional questions. >> supervisor wiener: orc. okay. also to the puc. >> president chiu: mr. harrington. >> supervisor wiener: there's been some discussion about ultimately a local build-out being financed in some way by the revenues from the cca, whether it's with cash, or through bonding. and supervisor farrell referred to a concern that it just simply would not generate enough cash to be able to bond around it. so if you could respond to that. >> sure, supervisor. when you're trying to go out and build a major facility to produce power, the normal thing to do is to go out and borrow the money, borrow enough money to pay your debt service while constructing the facility and then when the facility is put in place, that revenue that then now generates by selling that power pays back the bonds. so that's the process for it. the idea would be that, as we work through the process, by having cca out there, by having a customer base, by having a revenue base, we become believable to bond rating agencies and those that might lend us the money. that's why you need the base but that base subjec
Sep 18, 2012 3:30pm PDT
to highlight what mr. harrington has stated, the fact that we are seeing potentially 10 times efficiency in how we are investing our public dollars and being able to reduce carbon emissions, that is a very notable fact. i think the fact that we are going to be providing choice to consumers, we -- none of us can predict exactly how this program will go but i think it will drive the market, both the private sector as well as what we're doing with city government, to improve our level of efficiencies. i did have concern some months ago about exactly how we were thinking about the opt-out provisions but i think the changes that have been made, the six months of education that we are going to be asking the puc to consider, the fact that we're talking about a de minimus $5 amount if someone wants to opt out, these are i think very positive changes. and i do want to say, in echoing what supervisor kim had stated before, my major concern in recent weeks have been around low income residents, around monolingual residents, around seniors, certainly at last week's hearing i heard loud and clear from my te
Sep 18, 2012 7:30pm PDT
communities. i have a couple of questions for mr. harrington, if i may. and by the way, i want to just thank you for your leadership on this. i know that it was probably just a year ago that you were taking heated for not moving forward the cca program fast enough. i understand in recent weeks you've taken heat for moving the cca program too fast. so thank you for that. i also know this is your last week. and i had an opportunity some months ago to help present a lifetime achievement award to you but you've really done yeoman's work and i think this is a testament to what you have been trying to achieve in government over your decades of service. but my first question is, i heard from constituents of mine in chinatown and throughout the city that, in neighborhoods like the one in the heart of my district, where, as you indicated, the polling showed that there was very little or less support for this program than in others, i wanted to understand how that neighborhood and others would be treated in the roll out of this program. it's my understanding that because of the marketing that -- the m
Sep 21, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >> president chiu: supervisor campos. >> supervisor campos: thank you, mr. president. mr. harrington, thank you very much for your presentation. one of the things that has been floating around in the last day or so is this idea that, even though we've spent so many years working on this that somehow we should hold off and continue this, maybe we can get a better deal, maybe there are ways in which we can make this program better. my understanding, having deferred to the great work of the puc, is that this is as good a program as we're going to get, and that in terms of the -- the terms of this agreement that i don't necessarily see how a continuance makes this any better i'm wondering if you have any thoughts about that. >> sure, supervisor. obviously a continuance is a policy call. i understand that. the issues people have, like this is an opt out program, that is state law. a continuance will not change state law. if you're looking for us to try to find another vendor, been there, done that, several times. the only group that's available is shell. the only group that was available to marine t
Sep 19, 2012 6:30am PDT
. thank you, mr. harrington. >> supervisor cohen. >> supervisor cohen: mr. harrington, i must applaud you. with all your years in the city i don't think you've kicked up this much dust. no pun intended. >> are we on the 3:30 item or not? >> supervisor cohen: not yet. you have certainly found a way to exit your public service. and on what i think is a high note. and i want to encourage you, since you are going to be looking at your retirement, you will have some downtime, maybe you will run for office, and maybe you can work out this opt-out issue that we're all in agreement of. you certainly know a lot about it. this particular -- not situation, but this matter, i spent a significant amount of time listening to all sides of perspectives on this issue. i want to thank again all those involved in this process, even those members that have been blogging and writing about it, keeping our public informed. i believe that -- we have a unique conundrum here and the challenges as we address community choice aggregation. and just to put a little historical context on this conversation, historically
Sep 30, 2012 4:30pm PDT
four a resolution of accommodations first for ed harrington general manager of the san francisco public utilities commission and michael campbell and director for the san francisco public utilities commission. >> well, thank you very much and we have two resolutions of accommodation to two very important individuals and ed harrington being the first one and so much has been said about ed harrington that i don't know if we need to add to all the numerous things that have rightly said about him. i doubt that ed harrington is watching the lafco meeting. i am sure one of the benefits that he was looking forward to when he retired he no longer had to come to these meetings accident but in the event he is watching. >> >> we want to thank ed harrington for his work and we have a resolution before the commission honoring him. the second item and just as important is to honor mike campbell who has taken time i think he might be technically on vacation or personal time, so i apologize. it is not our intent to honor you by forcing you to take personal time to actually come to a lafco meeting,
Sep 14, 2012 9:30am PDT
you mr. harrington. we would like to honor you with the special plaque,. donna is going to read it. it reads as such, (reading from plaque. >> this comem raive flag is awarded to you regarding yourout standing leadership, project, job training program,. your support has affordsed opportunities to graduates of preapprenticeship programs and helped changed lives of any economically disadvantaged rez tends. puc s*efszs chlg alameda, san francisco ap ri. san francisco count i city build acadly, san juak=quin, san mateo s job trainnig program. this is for you. [applause] >> thank you. i don't get by with without a shake: >> [inaudible]. >> i puc stead build, almost 3 years ago, city build brought me over, and american ... i had the great privilege of working on the puc buildings. we put a great number of san francisco red dents to work. it was very, very, gratifying for the individuals here in san francisco who needed that work. in the last 2 years or last year, i i have been working in the regent, and over this period of time, city build academy, over 500 graduates. and they eig
Sep 15, 2012 7:30am PDT
provided a future for a whole lot of folks. thank you, ed harrington, and i love you. [applause] >> thank you, jaemtions, brian, zel da, for giving me all the credit for all l work you've done. for all to make it happen. >> mr. fil--? >> david fil >> it's a hard act to follow. my thoughts having followed this commission since i was a small person and mae pub comment on for nor than 25 year, i'll remember one. earliest times when i dealt with ed, and the finance bureau says at 425 mason, didn't of the internet yet, i'd show up late on fry, look be for the commission pact. waiter for thing to available, reading it over the weekend, andy and others were part of that at the time. but, throughout the entire career, both here, twice, and as city controller, he's always asked the right questions. and always been concerned about the rate pairs and tax payer, managing projects well, doing all the things we want out of government. in this era when people don't believe that and have other agendas, i 8 refreshing to know that ed has been here for that period of time, and look to his lea
Sep 22, 2012 8:30am PDT
are motions i'd like to make. i want to thank the puc staff and ed harrington. they've done a great job of shepherding a program through that they thought they could bring to the board and we simply have a few amendments and changes we'd like to suggest. thank you. >> clerk calvillo: to supervisor chu, the clerk's office does not have a copy of those amendments. hopefully your staff is bringing them to us. >> supervisor kim: we will do that. >> president chiu: is there a second in seconded by supervisor farrell. and i wanted to ask, mr. harrington, have you had a chance to see these amendments? i think many of our colleagues would like to get your sense of a feedback on the various amendments, if you've had a chance. >> i received them a few minutes ago and had a chance to look quickly at them if you'd like a quick response. >> president chiu: yes. >> with regard to the one that says the clean power ratepayers will begin recovering the reserves required for the program since there is no specific requirement for how much that would be i think as we look at the raitsd w rates we ha chance
Sep 18, 2012 3:00pm PDT
of the environment is here, that we have tremendously ambitious climate action plan goals. and as ed harrington said a moment ago, this will help us at least make a dent on kind of the huge challenge before us, to clean our air, and to make a clean energy future for all san franciscans. that's why i -- that's why, as a member of lafco over the years, since 2009, i've been strongly supportive of coming up with the best possible contract in plan. i wish we had more contractors that put in for this but as ed harrington said we're doing our best with what we have and it should be a good step forward for a cleaner future for san francisco. like supervisor kim and others, i want to make sure that our lowest income populations are protected and i strongly support the most aggressive education and outreach program we can have towards especially our lowest income populations, especially language minority groups, so that it's not just the two notices before and two notices after, but everything from, as you said, social media to door-to-door, and even grassroots organizing by the community based organizations
Sep 18, 2012 6:30pm PDT
remarks, and again i want to thank mr. harrington. i have had the honor and the privilege to work with you in the last few years. and as far as i'm concerned you truly are the gold standard of what it means to be a public servant. and the fact that you have been involved i think gives this program the credibility that it needs. and so i want to thank you. mr. harrington. >> thank you very much. ed harrington general manager sf public utilities commission. i know we spent a lot of time last week in the budget committee. i was asked to give a brief overview to make sure you were aware of what was in the program. i'm joined by barbara hale and todd rydstrom our cfo and assistant general manager for finance and business, if you have questions of any of us. i want to go through a quick introduction, what the city goals are, the key program components, what the liabilities may be and ratepayer impacts. san francisco has ambitious climate goals and so right now we're looking and saying we have a goal to achieve greenhouse -- electric system by 2030, reducing carbon emissions by 80% from 1990 leve
Sep 21, 2012 7:00am PDT
. harrington outlined, out of deference to him, and in their estimation their ability to make sure that this program is successful, i will respectfully oppose the first two of the amendments introduced by my colleagues. and with respect to the third amendment, which deals with the reserve for the reasons that mr. harrington indicated, i will be supporting that amendment. and so i will be urging my colleagues to vote no on the first two amendments by supervisors farrell and chu, but yes on the third. and with respect to the amendments that were introduced by supervisor kim, president david chiu, supervisor cohen, supervisor mar, i will be strongly supporting those amendments. i think that the add to the program and address some of the concerns that have been outlined. and, you know, a lot has been said about the viability of this program, a lot of questions about whether or not the numbers add up, some questions about protecting consumers. i have a lot of respect for my good friend, supervisor farrell. i just respectfully have a different take. i actually think that, to the extent t
Sep 11, 2012 11:30pm PDT
of them. [applause]. which brings us to the report of the j*e. >> mr. harrington. >> our traditional report: >> i'll note as julie is walk ugh up, she will not be here at the next meeting, we've been asked to have metropolita, watt irfolks. julie was asked to talk to their board, on the joys of building large infrastructure. >> good afternoon commissioners. there's quite a bit of love to say work, under ed, but, i'll save that for the retirement party. i don't want to get teary eyed at the meeting. i want to give you an update on the 2 issues we discussioned at the last commission meeting. on ltsz calevaras, project, the design team completing 25 additional boards. accessibility of [inaudible] the design engineer will give us their observation education by next monday. we will present the revised design to the california safety of dams. and sec cal advisory committee 2 days latter. if we do not have any major concern raised in that meeting, we will direct our contractor to start proceeding with the excavation of [inaudible]. in accordance with the design by the consult ants. any
Sep 11, 2012 2:30pm PDT
in that way. the other thing i wanted to say, only because a few of us of had a chance to let mr. harrington know, about the 525 golden gate team, is you didn't just build a building, you helped build communitys. general manager harrington gave this directive, and worked with assistant general manager kelly to make sure that the team knew you wanted local hiring. want covered but, you gave the directive the team want wanted to treat it as such, community works to together. i don't know if you know this, but, we tracked the outcome, and watched the local partation,. 26% local residents. thou, it's at 30 two then, harrington said you just passed 40%. and 42%. there's so many roles there, you helped build a community, put pages back into the hands of local workers. it was a great way for community and labor to work together. that's something i think act a lot every time i walk by that building. you helped us get through that critical year, it came as a critical moment. so, when i walked in the door, i thought, thkds be something to talk about at a potential meeting. we talked about it last nig
Sep 12, 2012 11:30am PDT
we have ed harrington and his staff from the puc. we will hear from the puc, then office of economic analysis and then our budget analyst report. before we do that i will ask my colleagues if anybody would like to make any opening comments. supervisor campos? >> thank you very much, madam chair. thank you members of the budget committee. my apologies to you and members of the public for being late. i appreciate the brief recess. supervisor wiener and i have been coming back from the metropolitan transportation commission, where we ready the city and county of san francisco. first in terms -- there are some amendments to the resolution that is before you authorizing the puc to launch the clean power program. i have copies of those amendments and respectfully request the budget committee at some point make the amendments along the lines that are detailed in the document. i have the clerk -- i think you have them. make sure you have a copy and we have copies available to the public, if people would like them. let me begin by saying that this has been a long time coming. community choice
Sep 18, 2012 2:30pm PDT
francisco public utilities commission, in particular the general manager ed harrington, who has been, in the last, you know, over a year and a half, that i've been the chair of lafco, trying to make sure that we put together a program that tries to achieve the goals underlying community -- aggregation but does so in a fiscally responsible way and i think that he has struck the right balance. i know that the program that is before you is not as ambitious and aggressive a program as many people wanted but i think that it's a program that at the end ensures success and viability and that's why i'm proud to support it. i thank the rest of the puc staff who put so many hours in the last three years in this program. i want to acknowledge the staff of the local agency formation commission and various commissioners including members of this board of supervisors who have served on lafco and of course we have here supervisor avalos, supervisor olague, supervisor mar, who are members of lafco. there are a number of people also who have, in the last few years, enacted legislation, including pass
Sep 18, 2012 7:00pm PDT
efforts to meet our action goals. ibew raises other alternatives and i was going to ask mr. harrington to comment, something called california's community solar program and they also point to how public agencies in san mateo and other countries ar -- counties, we wat local jobs here and to build it up so we have more jobs that are green jobs that we're creating as well. this is a step forward divardz that. but if you could respond to what ibew is saying that would be helpful. >> supervisor, we would supportny program to create and generate green power wherever it might be. when we say local we are not just saying in san francisco. obviously we have watersheds in san mateo and santa clara that are useful for solar panels and we will be happy to partner with whatever groups of people that want to create jobs in the local economy of the bay area and be able to build those kind of projects. >> supervisor mar: again, thank you for putting the best possible contract together. i know we were sitting down together over the past couple of years as this moved forward so i know a lot of thought w
Sep 28, 2012 2:30pm PDT
had a big part of it and crucial ed harrington and commissioner avalos and i am the guy disoghtd show up in city call and be the community whip but there is so much more of an organization beneath like that like i'm a small piece of the iceberg and over the years we have been working on this there are key groups and we wouldn't have gotten this done. early on green peace, sierra club, global exchange, and bright line project and a new one and a large group which is the first crystallization of organizations all around the bay area to push for local clean energy and local clean alliance and without that group we also wouldn't be here and i want to put out the kudos to all those folks. they did incredible work. as to next steps i think the measure that was passed at the board of supervisors on the 18th was exactly the right way to pass it, and i am glad the amendments that got passed got passed and the ones that didn't, didn't and i think it's important to recognize the concerns that the mayor is raising are valid concerns and want to make sure folks know that the advocates share the
Sep 18, 2012 8:00pm PDT
my colleagues for that. and the last thing, mr. harrington, i think this is a good way of ending what has been a pretty incredible tenure here at the city and county of san francisco, and i am just very honored to be a part of it. >> president chiu: supervisor chu. >> supervisor chu: i want to thank supervisor campos for your comments and look forward to working with you on strengthening notification to residents and making sure people understand what they're getting into. also want to thank the board for the amendment on the reserve. i think that is an important step. >> president chiu: any final discussion? take a roll call vote on the balance of item 16 and 17. >> clerk calvillo: as amended, president chiu, aye. supervisor chu, no. supervisor cohen, aye. supervisor elsbernd, no. supervisor farrell, no. supervisor kim, aye. supervisor mar, aye. supervisor olague, aye. supervisor wiener, aye. supervisor avalos, aye. supervisor campos, aye. >> the clerk: there are eight ayes and three nos. >> supervisor chiu: this ordinance passed on the first reading and resolution adopted. -6r7b8g9s
Sep 6, 2012 9:00am PDT
this opportunity to thank my good friend ed harrington. i know he will be here until the 22nd of september. i will be returning from my vacation in europe. >> nice. >> in october. i want to thank him for all he has done. i am also very happy that we have a brother now in holland so that the will of the people can be done. we need to focus on the sewer system improvement project. some of the contractors are here and some of the contractors were here the last time i spoke. you have to look at it in a holistic way. they can get the opportunities to training so when the time comes to do the job, we have skilled workers because this is not only about temporary jobs. we keep saying it again and again and again. we need career jobs so our people can go to a better place. i was that the unions to initiate the laborers union, 761 initiation fees, this come about and the other. -- this, that, and the other. it kind of makes a young man feel proud. this time around, we are happy because they're going to be working for a company who is going to keep them for a longer period it. i am saying this, commissi
Sep 12, 2012 2:30pm PDT
ferl. >> thank you, chair chu and all the people that came out to speak. mr. harrington, one more question i wanted to address and i forget to talk about before. thanks again for your hard work and more respect for how much time you spent on this and the constraints you have been under. to me it is a bit of a blue elephant. green elephant maybe that we haven't talked about. that is with pg&e and their disclose sewer they will do similar green energy, 100% green energy program i believe next year. and, you know, i think they haven't come out with rates yet but at least what i have read, i would be interested in your opinion, that it will be cheaper than clean power sf program. as we talk about some of the issues, it is not going to be a liability on our books, no job losses. it will be opt in. from my perspective is a big deal. how do you think about that? from my perspective, why would we -- i appreciate you guys and a number of your staff have worked on it a long time and have done hard work and there is natural vested interest in something you spent time on. i absolutely appreci
Sep 24, 2012 11:30pm PDT
in "culturewire." ♪ >> so good morning, folks, thank you so much for being out here. i'm ed harrington, from the general facilities commission and we are out here for the ground breaking of the reservoir, there are a lot of reservoirs to make sure that we have a clean source of water, for firefightering and all of these things. we have been working on these retrofits since 2004 and this is the last one. we have completed work on every other reservoir and pump station in san francisco. sister reservoir is the last one and we are celebrating that today and also celebrating the finish of the whole city park, and the water improvement program. >> you know the whole program is a $4.5 billion and there are still projects happening in the bay area and the rest, but this is it for san francisco and we want to celebrate that. and when we finish this, this reservoir, actually handles about 15 percent of the water of san francisco. and so we will just be that much more secure in terms of our water supply for san francisco. we have a lot of people that are with us today and i will be introducing them as
Sep 22, 2012 8:00pm PDT
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Sep 30, 2012 4:00pm PDT
commission and we heard what everyone had to say about ed harrington, the former general manager now, who was really i think in many respects why so many people supported this program, but to his staff and beginning with the assistant general manager who spent a lot of time and had a lot of patience working on this and of course mr. campbell and everyone else who has worked to make this possible. i want to thank the puc and one of the things they am really proud of is over the years we have developed a pretty good working relationship between lafco and the puc. the work though is not done. the reality is to make this program come to full fruition. we have to continue to work together, and so with that before i turn it over to staff i wanted to know if any of my my colleagues wanted to make any comments? commissioner avalos. >> i beat you to it commissioner olague. sorry about that. i just want to echo your comments about all the work that was involved over the years to help pass clean power sf, and nancy miller and janson fried and the staff and michael campbell, and barbara hale and
Sep 12, 2012 10:30pm PDT
you very much, madam chair. i understand the point. i think what mr. harrington said is true. we are getting a big bang for the buck. the residents are close to 100 million and 6,000 plus. i do think maybe that is a conversation as the program progresses we can revisit. i think that is something we can always revisit. starting out i don't know if that is necessarily is best approach, thank you. >> starting out we clearly need to put city money up front because it has to be in the bank. it is how fast we pay ourselves back. >> great. i think there is a value to -- if we are saying that we want to sort of remove the risk, we want to have the program be self-sufficient, we want that this is a choice, that people choose to create this program, they choose the premium to have green energy. you know, it makes sense they pay for the reserve that is there as well. that would free up the funding for the city to invest in the infrastructure we need as well for the rest of -- >> see your point, supervisor. >> the rest of the puc's operations. why don't we go to office of economic analysis.
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